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Retail Trade - October 2010

Retail sales did not make retailers happy in October

Product Code: r-9101-10




In October, seasonally adjusted (SA) sales in retail trade including sale and repair of motor vehicles decreased month-on-month by 0.3% at constant prices and increased by 1.0% in the year-on-year comparison. The y-o-y decrease of seasonally non-adjusted sales by 0.7% was influenced mainly by decrease of sales in retail sale in non-specialized stores and sale of automotive fuel; on the contrary, favourable development in automotive segment prevented a deeper fall.

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With seasonal, calendar and working day adjustment sales in retail trade including sale and repair of motor vehicles decreased in October by 0.3%, at constant prices, m-o-m, and increased by 1.0% in the year-on-year comparison (after only working day adjustment by 1.2%). Seasonally non-adjusted sales decreased by 0.7%, y-o-y, partially due to the lower number of working days (-1). The biggest influence on the y-o-y decrease came from retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores (-1.0 p.p.) and retail sale in non-specialised stores (-0.4 p.p.), while a positive influence came from the development in the wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (contribution +0.9 p.p.).

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Seasonally adjusted sales in sale and repair of motor vehicles (CZ-NACE 45) increased by 0.3% at constant prices, m-o-m, and in the year-on-year comparison by 6.7%. Seasonally non-adjusted sales increased by 3.2%, y-o-y. Prospering were mainly enterprises selling tyres and spare parts; on the contrary, there was major decrease in exports of passenger cars among some enterprises. Sales for sale of motor vehicles and motorcycles (including spare parts) increased by 3.9%, for maintenance and repair of motor vehicles they decreased by 0.5%. According to the data of the Automotive Industry Association, the number of first registrations of motor vehicles decreased by 11.6%, the most for second-hand passenger cars (-18.0%).

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In retail sale including sale of automotive fuel (CZ-NACE 47) seasonally adjusted sales at constant prices decreased by 0.5%, m-o-m, and in the y-o-y comparison by 1.1%. Seasonally non-adjusted sales decreased by 2.2%, y-o-y, of which sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores decreased by 8.8%, sale of food, beverages and tobacco by 1.3% and sale of non-food goods decreased by 0.8%.

As for the monitored assortments, the mentioned development was influenced the most by sale of automotive fuel (contribution to the drop -1.4 p.p.). The deepest fall was recorded for sales in other retail sale in non-specialised stores (-9.6%), retail sale via stalls and markets (-9.0%), further the already mentioned sale of automotive fuel and also retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores (-7.0%). Sales were growing only for retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet (+9.7%), retail sale of second-hand goods in stores (+2.7%), retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialized stores (+2.0%) and retail sale of clothing, footwear and leather goods in specialised stores (+1.4%). In the breakdown by the number of employees, retail sales in total grew only among enterprises with 50 to 99 employees. Enterprises with 100+ employees were stagnating as for their sales, however, most of the big retail chains (with 1 000+ employees) reported growth. For these chains what is also monitored is breakdown of sales for goods, from which it is clear that sale of food, alcoholic beverages and tobacco increased by 6%, while sale of non-food goods fell by 9%.

The price deflator related to the corresponding period of the previous year was 101.0%. A marked price increase was recorded in retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores (+15.0%), markedly smaller increase was reported for prices of goods sold in stalls and markets (+0.7%) and for retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating (+0.3%). The biggest price drops were reported for prices of information and communication equipment in specialised stores (-6.5%), and second-hand goods in stores (-4.5%).

For international comparison of retail sales development in the EU countries see: ( http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/eurostat/home).




Methodological note:
Contact: Alena Hellerová, phone (+420) 274052921, e-mail: alena.hellerova@csu.gov.cz
Data source: CZSO direct survey in enterprises
End of data collection: 29 November 2010
End of data processing: 2 December 2010
Data for July to September 2010 were revised in harmony with the CZSO revision policy; data for October 2010 are preliminary; final data for all months of 2010 will be available in June 2011 at the latest. Base and y-o-y indices from 2000 and 2001 are available in time series
( /sales_indices_monthly_retail_trade_hotels_and_restaurants_time_series ).



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